26 March 1904
AMUSING ASSAULT CASE
James Chadderton Once More
The benign countenance of James CHADDERTON, “Jim
o’ Dicks,” “Squire of Daisy Nook,”
and the owner of several other high-sounding titles, is
as familiar to the magistrates whose particular rota lies
on the County Bench at Ashton as are the countenances
of the court officials themselves, for he is a frequent
visitor to the courtroom in the corner of Ashton Town
It was not surprising, therefore, that his
name was down on the list on Wednesday, but it was somewhat
of a surprise to see that besides appearing as a defendant
for failing to pay the rates, he appeared in the altogether
unique role of complainant in an assault case.
It appears from the narrative supplied by
Mr Arthur LEES, who appeared on CHADDERTON’s behalf,
that on the 12th of March, he visited the hostelry known
as the Woodhouse’s Gardeners’ Inn, and after
a famous precedent calling for his pipe and calling for
his glass, he proceeded to enjoy them.
After he had been in for a short time a
man named John BELFIELD asked him if he had been frightening
his grandchildren by blowing a penny trumpet in his ear?
CHADDERTON admitted the soft impeachment, and BELFIELD
demanded to know the reason why, and told him his opinion
of his conduct.
When he had finished CHADDERTON, with aggressive
calmness, answered, “That’s what Mary said.”
Naturally BELFIELD’s choler rose at this, and he
hit him over the nose, making it bleed profusely and occasioning
much pain. Enoch ROBINSON corroborated.
BELFIELD brought several witnesses to bear
out his statements, but the magistrates clinched the case
by fining BELFIELD 1s costs, the Clerk advising CHADDERTON
to conduct himself in a better manner, and not get himself
into trouble in future.
COAL SEAM DISCOVERED
Unusual Scene at Waterhead
During the past few days a seam of coal has been cut in
the excavation for the reservoir of the Cairo Mill, Waterhead.
The news soon spread in the village, and people began
to fetch the coal, the only condition being that they
had to get their own.
Men, women, and children engaged themselves
as amateur colliers. They brought buckets, sacks, and
baskets, and were very busy on Saturday afternoon. Whilst
in the thick of their work, they had undermined to some
depth, with the result that a fall of earth took place,
but fortunately no one was seriously hurt. All escaped
with a few minor bruises. The people are still fetching
the coal day by day, and they seem quite pleased as they
carry away their burden.
AN ASHTON MAN ROBBED
AND MALTREATED AT DUKINFIELD
Police Court Proceedings at Hyde
The hearing of a remarkable case of robbery with violence
was commenced at the Hyde County Police Court, on Monday,
when the magistrates were Councillor T C BEELEY (presiding),
and Henry SIDEBOTTOM. The prisoner was Thomas TIGHE, a
young man of Cheetham Hill-road, Dukinfield, a collier,
and was charged with stealing by violence from the person
of John STEWARD, of 173 Union-road, Ashton-under-Lyne,
3½d in money, one silk muffler value 2s, one pair
of braces value 1s, and one pawnticket value 15s, at Dukinfield
on March 19th.
Superintendent CROGHAN stated that the police
were the prosecutors in this case, which was a very serious
offence. It appeared that John STEWARD, who was a factory
operative, called at the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Birch-lane,
Dukinfield, between two and three o’clock on Saturday
afternoon. He went into the tap-room, where the prisoner
was sitting, and the prisoner got into conversation with
STEWARD, with the result that treated him to two or three
glasses of beer.
After a time the prisoner went out of the
house, and when at the door beckoned STEWARD to go, and
STEWARD went out immediately afterwards. They went along
Birch-lane together and then turned up a road, and off
that road into a field. There STEWARD alleged that prisoner,
without warning or provocation at all, rushed at him and
knocked him down.
TIGHE then rifled his pockets, tore his
right hand trouser pocket, and tore a piece off his shirt.
He took away all the money that STEWARD had (3½d),
also a pawnticket value 15s, a silk muffler, and his braces.
He then kicked STEWARD about the head and face, and left
him apparently for dead.
Soon afterwards prisoner was at Mrs HAWKE’s
house in Birch-lane, and his hands were then covered with
blood. He asked for a match, and while he was there he
said, “I have just given a man a good hiding. He
had been using impudence to me, and I have left him where
I can find him.”
Ultimately STEWARD got back to the Wheat
Sheaf Inn, and the landlord wanted to send him home in
a cab, but he would not let him. He got home somehow,
and immediately collapsed. They sent for Dr PEARCE, and
the result was that for a considerable time on Sunday
his life was in danger. The doctor was with him until
one o’clock that (Monday) morning. He considered
that though STEWARD was in a very precarious condition,
he was out of immediate danger, but did not know what
the result might be. It depended whether complications
— erysipelas, etc — set in.
He (Superintendent CROGHAN) would adduce
formal evidence, and then ask for the prisoner to be remanded
until Thursday at Dukinfield. He hoped for the prisoner’s
sake that the case would not be more serious.
Thomas BRADBURY, licensee of the Wheat Sheaf
Inn, Birch-lane, Dukinfield, was called, and stated that
John STEWARD was at his house between two and three o’clock
on Saturday afternoon, and the prisoner was also there.
He saw the prisoner go out, and STEWARD went out shortly
About half-past seven at night he (witness)
was in the bar when STEWARD came in again, and was in
a deplorable state. He was covered with mud and blood.
Witness had him conveyed into the living place, and rendered
every possible aid to him. He seemed as if he was in a
stupor, and he could not get anything out of him. Witness
administered restoratives, and wanted to get a cab to
take him home, but STEWARD would not let him. He was in
a fearful condition. He was battered about the head and
face, his eye was cut, and his jaw seemed to be punched
Frances HAWKE, a widow of 107 Birch-lane,
Dukinfield, said that on Saturday night about seven o’clock,
or a quarter past seven, prisoner called at her house
and asked for a match. He showed her his hands, which
were covered with blood, and he said, “I have just
left one man. I have given him a good hiding, too, for
his impudence. I have left him where I can find him, quiet
enough.” Prisoner pulled a piece of shirt and a
pair of braces from under his arm, and said, “You
Inspector DUTTON stated that at 12.30pm
on Sunday he arrested the prisoner at his father’s
house in Lodge-lane, Dukinfield. He took him to the police
station where he cautioned and charged him, and in reply
to the charge he said, “I know nothing about it.”
The Deputy Clerk (to the prisoner): Have
you any objection to being remanded? — Prisoner:
If my parents were here they would state what time I got
into the house. I can’t remember. Of course, when
I get any beer, I cannot remember at all. — Superintendent
CROGHAN said the father would have nothing to do with
him, and if the magistrates granted bail he asked that
it be very substantial. Prisoner was remanded in custody
until Thursday at Dukinfield.
On Thursday prisoner was brought up on remand
at the Dukinfield Police Court, before Aldermen M FENTON,
J KERFOOT, and C H BOOTH. The evidence of the witnesses
given at Hyde was read to them. Superintendent CROGHAN
asked for a further remand for a week. The doctor had
stated that the injured man would not be fit to appear
before that date.
Bound Over.— Alfred MARLAND pleaded
guilty to committing a breach of the peace in King-street,
Hurst, at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
and was bound over to be of good behaviour.
The second concert of the season took place on Tuesday
evening at the house of Mr J HURST, Seven Stars, Hurst
Brook, and was a great success. The following artists
gave their services, viz R HANDLEY, B ALDEN, P LOFTUS,
J EVANS, J H CARROLL, E MOSS, J FRITZ and T LOWE. Each
was heartily applauded, and at the close a vote of thanks
was accorded them, a smaller vote being given to the chairman,
Mr S HADFIELD. The accompanists were Messrs B ROYLES,
J MARSLAND, and A N Other.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
Dramatic License.— At the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday, before Messrs F REYNER
and Benjamin GREENWOOD, Robert THOMAS was granted a dramatic
license in respect to the M.N.C. School, Waterloo.
Mutual Improvement Society.—
An interesting essay was given at the meeting of this
society, held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Waterloo, on
Thursday evening, by Mr FORREST, of Dukinfield, the subject
being, “Witchcraft and sorcery.” The paper
was much enjoyed by a good audience, and Mr FORREST was
accorded a hearty vote of thanks at the close.
Breach of the Peace.—
William OGDEN sent a deputy to the Ashton County Police
Court, on Wednesday, where he was charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Bardsley on the 5th of March.
— Constable BARBER proved the case, and said he
was shouting and using bad language at Bardsley, on the
date in question. He was fined 5s 6d and costs.
Without Pedlars’ Certificate
at Woodhouses.— Emma HIRST and Alice Ann
BURKE, two young women, appeared before the county magistrates
on Wednesday, charged with acting as pedlars without certificates
at Woodhouses on the first of March. They pleaded guilty,
but said it was the first time they had hawked, and they
had to do so through lack of work in the mills. —
They were discharged with a caution.
A Belated Summons: Throwing Kisses
at Another Man’s Wife.— At the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday, Harry LOFT and Alfred
BURKE were charged with creating a breach of the peace
at Waterloo on 18th of June, 1902. An officer proved the
case, and said they had been fighting one another. BLAKE
alleged that LOFT had been throwing kisses at his wife,
an impeachment LOFT indignantly repudiated, emphasizing
the fact that “he would not throw dirt off a walking-stick
at her.” BLAKE doubtfully shook his head, and whilst
the magistrates were conversing, there was nearly another
breach of the peace in the box. — BLAKE was dismissed,
and LOFT bound over.
SUDDEN DEATH AT WATERLOO
The death was reported to the Waterloo police on Tuesday
of Mary HALSTEAD, a widow, residing at 704 Oldham-road,
Bardsley, which took place in the early hours of that
day at her residence. It appears that deceased had for
fifteen years been a sufferer from bronchitis, for which
she had been attended by Dr KOYLE, of Oldham, but had
not lately been troubled with the complaint.
On Monday she went out a little while. During
the early morning on Tuesday she awakened her son, saying
her cough was troublesome. She sat up in bed, and her
back was rubbed, which generally had the effect of bringing
her round, but it failed in this case, and in about five
minutes she expired.